The big Burrito Restaurant Group newsletter | December 2018

New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve with big Burrito

Monday, December 31

A menu of Land vs. Sea is a New Year's tradition at Casbah, and this year brings Lamb Sausage and Petite Filet from column A, or Chilean Sea Bass and Tuna Tartar from column sea. Vote straight party or mix and match.

The Eleven Chef's Tasting Menu has choices in each course, including Elysian Fields Farm Lamb Tartare with beet chips, and Chestnut Cavatelli with beef cheek sugo. The Vegetarian Tasting Menu features Smoked Cauliflower and Anson Mills Semolina Fettucini.

Kaya's New Year's Eve Dinner ticks all the boxes with four choices (fish, meat, vegetarian and vegan) in both main courses. Round two brings Seared Halibut Linguini with crab, Braised Short Rib with celery root and potato puree, Roasted Trumpet Mushrooms with potato and celery root gratin or Charred Baby Carrots in a trumpet mushroom ragu.

The NYE menu at Soba includes choices in each course, like Shrimp and Lobster Lo Mein or Wild Mushroom tteok-bokki (rice cakes), and ends with Cranberry Mousse Torte.

Umi is usually closed on Monday, but will be open for New Year's Eve. Roll in the new year with Mr. Shu and amazing sushi. Umi will be closed on Tuesday to recover.

And for those who'd rather host their own party, big Catering's drop off services bring the best of our restaurants to your holiday shindig.

More NYE hours:
Eleven will be closed for lunch on 12/31, with reservations starting at 3pm for dinner.
Casbah and Kaya are open regular hours for lunch on 12/31.
Casbah, Eleven, Soba and Kaya will take reservations up until 11:45 PM for dinner on NYE!

Mad Mex

Mad Mex Waterworks is now open!

Mad Mex brings funky fresh Cal-Mex to the Allegheny Valley with our most recent location. Built in a super-convenient spot right next to the Fox Chapel exit ramp from Route 28, Mad Mex Waterworks beckons to you with cozy dining areas, an enclosed (read: warm) patio, 18 beers on tap and an ocean of free parking. See the hours, draft list and menus on the Mad Mex Waterworks page, along with behind-the-scenes construction photos for the curious.

Ting-a-ling, hear them ring

December 13-29

BellsWinter White Ale is a silver Bell's beer that provides a refreshing alternative to dark and heavy winter warmers and stouts. Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast, the blend of barley and wheat malts yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices. ABV: 5%

For the second consecutive year, Bell's Two Hearted Ale was just named Best Beer in America by the American Homebrewers Association, who call out the pine and grapefruit aromas from 100% Centennial hops. ABV: 7%

Both of these fine brews are just $5 for oversized 22oz drafts until the 29th, unless we run out first.


The Last Cookie Baking Session

Cookie StarMy oldest child is a high school senior. She is smart, confident, and ambitious as she charges forward into the next chapter of her life. She has a full-time boyfriend and is applying to college (and DOES NOT want to go to school in Pittsburgh). She works at Mad Mex (of course) and actually saves some of the money she makes. She drives, a little too much like I do I’m afraid, and goes to places where we don’t even know where she is. She is almost an adult and happily, confidently is poised for her next steps in life. I am so proud of her.

But, I want it to stop. I hadn’t really understood how this senior year of high school and the series of “Lasts” would feel. Last High School Soccer Game. Last Homecoming Dance. Last Trick or Treat. Last Thanksgiving Before She Is Travelling Home. As we move into December, I realize that we are crashing into more lasts. Last Time We Decorate the Tree together – she will come home to a decorated tree next year. Last House Decoration Session - ditto. And Last Cookie Baking Session.

Cookie BellShe, of course, is oblivious to the mounting pile of capital L - “Lasts”. She knows no other way for life to be and doesn’t really understand how everything will change next year and be changed forever. But I do, having lived it before during my own “I can’t wait until I get out of here” teen life. And while the next phase will be awesome, it sure will be different.

So I am trying to soak it all in. We’ll decorate, celebrate, bake and pass the season happily together. We’ll enjoy every beautiful moment, even if we have to include The Boyfriend.

This holiday season, I implore you to be fully appreciative of past, present, and future warmth and happiness. Be thankful for your families, cherish your friends, and love your neighbors. Enjoy traditions old and new as life moves on to amazing places.


Bill's Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Cookies and Peanut Butter Cookies

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